Paste Magazine is premiering the brand new debut EP from The Melodic called On My Way which hit digital stores yesterday via Anti-. This effervescent English group delivers a joyous new kind of afro-folk-pop incorporating sonic influences from throughout the world. Band members utilize instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora to create heartfelt and beautifully poetic songs that defy categorisation. English newspaper The Observer described the band’s unique sound as “Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time.” To stream the EP click here.
The young members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music,” band member Huw Williams explains.
In the end, the band has created a dynamic new music which both recalls contemporary artists such as Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and the Decemberists, exhibits an unapologetic reverence for past masters Paul Simon and Bert Jansch and mixes in enthralling flourishes from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. The result is a vital sound entirely their own.